Data and code for: Feeding, mating, and animal wellbeing: New insights from Phylogenetic Comparative Methods



Some species tend to thrive in captivity, while others risk health and reproductive problems. This enables the use of Phylogenetic Comparative Methods (PCMs) to identify aspects of natural biology that predispose species to faring poorly or well. Risk factors can then suggest new ways to improve animal care. A steady trickle of studies has applied PCMs to animal welfare over the last two decades, Lewis et al. (1) providing the latest. Here we contextualise this new work and suggest further research it might inspire. Provided here are the data and R code for Figure 1 provided in a commentary on: (1) Lewis, K., M.O. Parker, L. Proops, and S.D. McBride, Risk factors for stereotypic behaviour in captive ungulates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2022. 289(1983): p. 20221311.
Date made available29 Mar 2023
Date of data production6 Feb 2023

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